If you have that shady spot that is out back and away from the public eye, and yet is large enough to look like an old car was abandoned there at one time Myrtle may just be the ground cover to make it look pristine again.
Maybe you’ve got an area that’s upfront and center, and people walk by it everyday? Too big to bring in a bunch bushes, and shrubbery wasn’t the look you were going for anyway; a carpet of myrtle… that just might do it.
Myrtle, or Periwinkle, Vinca Minor as it is known in the botanical world, covers the ground with a choking aggressiveness like non-other. Planted 12 inches part when bought in 32 cell packs, this flowering evergreen will fill in thick in 3 to 4 years. (remember the little jingle: first year it sleeps, second year it creeps, third year it leaps)
Shade is its location of choice, but a sunny spot with a water hose handy will work as well. A humus soil is what it thrives in, but most all soil will give welcome to its roots.
It flowers bluish-purple in the spring, and its leaves remain a deep green throughout the year.
Watering will only need to be done during the first year of life in your new digs, and during those times of excessive drought; the rest of the time it lives off the reserves it has stored up since the last gully-washer.
Of the shady ground covers Myrtle is the toughest, and it flowers ta-boot. But know that it likes to spread; so don’t plant it as an interesting accent planting, give it room to roam.
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